U.S. invests $623 million to build EV charging stations

The DOT is planning nearly 50 projects nationwide

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that the Biden Administration has issued $623 million in grants to make charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) more widely accessible to consumers. 

One of the primary goals of the project is to have at least 500,000 EV charging stations publicly available nationwide by 2030. 

“America led the arrival of the automotive era, and now we have a chance to lead the world in the EV revolution — securing jobs, savings, and benefits for Americans in the process,” said Pete Buttigieg, U.S. transportation secretary. “This funding will help ensure that EV chargers are accessible, reliable, and convenient for American drivers, while creating jobs in charger manufacturing, installation, and maintenance for American workers. 

Where is the money going? 

With the money from the grants, the DOT has planned 47 projects that span 22 states and Puerto Rico. One of the primary projects: the construction of 7,500 EV charging ports. 

On top of that, the grants will then be divided into two groups: $311 million for 36 community projects, including EV charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure; and $312 million for 11 projects for roadways designated as Alternative Fuel Corridors. 

Some of the projects that have already been announced include: 

  • New Jersey: $10 million to the Department of Environmental Protection to build EV charging stations in multi-family houses in disadvantaged and rural communities. 

  • Maryland: $15 million to the Clean Energy Center to build 87 EV charging stations in urban, suburban, and low-, and moderate-income communities. 

  • Texas: $70 million to the North Central Texas Council of Governments to build hydrogen fueling stations for freight trucks across the state. 

“The Federal Highway Administration is pleased to announce these grants that will bring EV charging and alternative fuels to people and communities all across the nation,” said Shailen Bhatt, Federal Highway administrator.

“These investments through the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Program will grow our national EV charging network, support President Biden’s goals of achieving net-zero emissions for the nation by 2050, and promote the opportunity for all Americans to enjoy the benefits of EV charging.” 

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